The Complete Guide to Buying and Owning a Barrel Sauna

What Are the Design Benefits of the Barrel Sauna Design?

Reminiscent of a large wine barrel, the barrel sauna’s cylindrical shape encourages natural air circulation from top to bottom, which makes it more efficient to heat than a square-shaped or cabin-style sauna where hot air may get trapped in unoccupied corners. “When you’re in a sauna, you want the most equal heat distribution possible, so your head isn’t sweating while your toes are cold,” says Stewart Jensen, Director of Product Design at Redwood Outdoors, the Washington State-based manufacturer of top quality saunas, hot tubs, and cold plunge tubs. “The barrel shape is the best choice for creating a naturally even heat distribution.”

The rounded shape sits of “feet” and not flat on the ground, which allows for ventilation underneath that helps keep the sauna dry.

What are the Health Benefits of Saunas?

Saunas deliver a range of physical and mental health benefits, including improved circulation and reduced inflammation, and lowered blood pressure. A deep, cleansing sweat that comes from heat therapy also hydrates the skin and supports natural body detoxification.

Interestingly, studies done on occasional and regular sauna users, show that a sauna session has a similar effect on the body as moderate to intense exercise. So, if you’re struggling with an injury or condition that prevents you from moving in that way, relaxing in a sauna helps to speed up the healing process both physiologically and mentally!